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Interesting Article - 7/23/2019 7:43:22 PM   
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At the link is an interesting article clarifying the incidents happening around the SSM engagement against the USS Missouri in the Gulf War. A bit lengthy but quite detailed.


https://wwiiafterwwii.wordpress.com/2019/07/21/missile-attack-on-battleship-uss-missouri/

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RE: Interesting Article - 7/23/2019 8:06:14 PM   
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The ammunition instructor in me really liked this article. Thanks.

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RE: Interesting Article - 7/23/2019 9:40:24 PM   
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The ammunition instructor in me


Visions of you kept popping into my mind when reading about the HEAT effects

I found the whole 'potential effects' bit quite speculative and perhaps over optimistic (he says thinking of HMS Sheffield!) probably put there to counter overactive imaginations and what-if scenarios.

Have never seen the sequence of events laid out so clearly.

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RE: Interesting Article - 7/23/2019 10:01:58 PM   
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The rest of the blog is also excellent, I must add.

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RE: Interesting Article - 7/23/2019 10:29:11 PM   
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ORIGINAL: Gunner98

quote:

The ammunition instructor in me


Visions of you kept popping into my mind when reading about the HEAT effects

I found the whole 'potential effects' bit quite speculative and perhaps over optimistic (he says thinking of HMS Sheffield!) probably put there to counter overactive imaginations and what-if scenarios.

Have never seen the sequence of events laid out so clearly.

Actually I got a sense that the author(s) would not object to seeing the return of armour in USN new construction and that the article was at least in part, a polemic piece for the cause. They certainly used a relatively large number of column-inches detailing passive defences (armour schemes and lack thereof) particularly since Missouri's protection was never actually tested in 1991. Certainly the two distinct renderings of the the Iowa Class protection (one even colour-coded!) seemed a bit excessive to me.

It is technically easier and much more cost effective to build a weapon that can defeat armour than to armour a ship (or vehicle for that matter) against any conceivable threat. Navies have struggled with this problem with varying degrees of success since 1859 and every time somebody thinks that they have got it right new technology, or the sloppy application of internal protective regimes ends up costing a great ship and a thousand or so lives. No reason why that trend should change.

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